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    Empowered groups recommend: Convert general wards to ICUs for Covid treatment

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    The report on ‘Health System Preparedness Needs’ for June-August has been submitted by the Empowered Group-1 (EG-1) chaired by VK Paul, member (health), NITI Aayog, said people aware of the matter.

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    Such units must have ICU beds, air mattresses, an oxygen source, transport ventilator, infusion pumps and high flow nasal cannula machines, said the report.
    New Delhi: The empowered group of officers looking at health facilities amid Covid-19 has submitted a report underlining the need for a focus on intensive care unit (ICU) facilities and said an ICU can be created out of a general purpose ward as long as the Covid-19 treatment specific equipment is available.

    The report on ‘Health System Preparedness Needs’ for June-August has been submitted by the Empowered Group-1 (EG-1) chaired by VK Paul, member (health), NITI Aayog, said people aware of the matter.

    It comes at a time when the government has been stressing on strengthening hospital facilities, increasing the number of ICUs and oxygen beds, and efficient clinical management, to fight the pandemic. On September 4, the government had said that less than 0.5% active cases were on ventilator support (2,717), 2% were in ICUs (16,545) and less than 3.5% occupied oxygen supported beds (28,437).

    “The EG has underlined the fact that there is a need to focus on ICU facilities. It has been emphasised in the report that the ICU beds need not be fashioned for the wide purpose of ICUs that are normally created in typical hospitals. The Covid-19 specific ICUs suggested by EG-1, therefore, should be aligned with the specific and limited needs of Covid-19 patients rather than targeted to function as a generic medical or surgical ICU,” a senior government official told ET.
    ‘Convert General Wards to ICUs for Covid Treatment’
    Some states have seen a shortage of ICU beds due to the high number of active cases, and the country is now seeing 900-1,000 deaths daily on account of Covid-19.

    The report also said that the “Covid-19 specific ICU” can be more like a high dependence unit created out of a general purpose ward, so long as it has the equipment of supplies that the EG-1 has spelt out. The report has been sent to all states, which have been advised to consult domain knowledge experts available in their districts and medical colleges, and initiate preparation of suitably creating or augmenting Covid-specific ICUs or high dependence units, said the official cited earlier, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Such units must have ICU beds, air mattresses, an oxygen source, transport ventilator, infusion pumps and high flow nasal cannula machines, said the report.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Shri 46 days ago
    Convert small hotels into Hospitals. Partner up with good hospital nearby. Massively increase facilities, personnel and skills.
    Kochar Bipin46 days ago
    Sensible proposal - that said the Government must come up with a plan to assist states to enhance medical infrastructure in districts which have less than 1 public hospital bed per 1000.
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